Trader Joe's

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Trader Joe's Reviews

Updated 31 January 2015
Updated 31 January 2015
748 Reviews
3.5
748 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits and a great place to work for people who don't mind working hard (in 56 reviews)

  • The benefits are great considering it's non-union part time work (in 48 reviews)


Cons
  • Managers sit in the office all day while crew members run the store (in 65 reviews)

  • It can be physically demanding so entry jobs are best for the young and fit (in 40 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member (Holiday) in Washington, DC (US)
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member (Holiday) in Washington, DC (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Great place to work! Definitely keeps you busy and being able to taste all of the food is a plus, too!! Customers are great!

    Cons

    Not enough time off. You have to ask for it WAY in advance to even be considered. Also, the crew will likely talk bad about you. There is a lot of gossip that goes on there that customers fail to see.

  2.  

    A Great Place To Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - F/T Crew Member in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Current Employee - F/T Crew Member in Los Angeles, CA (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Above average wages/salary. Fantastic retirement plan. Great Benefits. Employee discount on all products.

    Cons

    Inconsistent hours for most members of management. Sometimes difficult to get time off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Praise often, be direct, consistent and hold everyone accountable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    TJ's of Naperville

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Naperville, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Naperville, IL (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great team culture. Management listens to and cares about your opinion. Company surveys sent out to employees every year and they really do take action and make changes if many voice concerns about something. Great opportunity for promotions and raises if you perform well. You rotate between task every hour so you don't have to just cashier or stock all day like some grocery stores make their employees do. TJ's is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day and has shortened hours the other major holidays.

    Cons

    My cons are more about the grocery industry in general, not Trader Joe's. I personally just did not like working nights and weekends. Also holidays are very busy which can physically exhausting, but it makes the day go by fast and managers treat you really well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When coming back to work for you guys during college breaks I would be considered a new hire in the system so I didn't get the benefit of adding to my AR or getting a performance review, but I can't complain because I was glad to be taken back for my breaks and given so many hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good to work with people that believe in eating healthy !

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    like working with friends and family !

    Cons

    you have to work closer to fill-time now to get health benefits.

  6.  

    Almost said yes but changed my mind

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    Current Employee - Trader Joes in Orlando, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Trader Joes in Orlando, FL (US)

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Seems like an environment with a lot of energy and great products

    Cons

    Not very organized and difficult to have a mixture of shifts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a training program

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A wonderful place to work.

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    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member
    Former Employee - Part Time Crew Member

    I worked at Trader Joe's part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great Place to work! Friendly crew members, wonderful management, and in store discounts are just some of the things I came to love working at Trader Joes.

    Cons

    You do work a lot here. Working part time, you never get a consistent schedule. They basically want access to you whenever they need it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Changed company

    Former Employee - Trader Joes in Reisterstown, MD (US)
    Former Employee - Trader Joes in Reisterstown, MD (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits and co workers as far as equal level is concerned, you can have whatever hair color you want and they don't care about piercings and tattoos. I have no piercings myself but it goes to show accepting company they used to be.

    Cons

    Slowly becoming more corporate. Supervisors date and mess around with coworkers. They take the opportunity to use the death of a coworker to fire people or "clean house"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop retaliating. The policy is no retaliation but they definitely do. They manage based on fear and disrespect. They will use what they can against you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Trader Joes

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    Former Employee - Crew Member in Bloomington, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Crew Member in Bloomington, MN (US)

    I worked at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Fast and fun lots of age groups.

    Cons

    Lots of injuries. Can be a little cliquey at some stores. Fast and hard work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break up the little private groups it can make you feel left out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Fun

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere workers customers fair pay good hours

    Cons

    There are really no cons its a win win the people that you are in contact with on a daily basis add to your life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thank you

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Working at TJ's

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trader Joe's

    Pros

    Light-hearted atmosphere, great co-workers, flexible hours. Customers can be entertaining, although it depends on the time of day and how busy the registers are running. Lots of unique and delicious products. Crew tastings allow for increased product knowledge; there's almost always something for crew members to eat during the day!

    Cons

    Managers too often have favorites who are given noticeable preference and treatment (ex: double bubbles). All crew members are part time and can have hours cut when projections aren't being reached.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to remain consistent with your message in what Trader Joe's values. It should be hard work and the delivering of a fantastic customer experience. Instead, it's turned into "how can we cut hours and get more out of the crew who are already short staffed and working as hard as they can."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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